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Speaking of Rodriguez, he better make the most of his at-bats because Ramos is looking more and more like an everyday catcher. He leads NL rookies in batting (.414) and on-base percentage (.500), and trails only Espinosa in slugging (.483).

If neither Espinosa nor Ramos wins Rookie of the Year, they might have the other to blame for splitting the vote. But you can’t help feeling better about the Nationals when they boast two contenders for the award, and neither one is named Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg made last season unforgettable during his all-too-brief campaign. While this season is unlikely to produce the same spectacular highs, there’s a strong feeling the Nats won’t experience the same depressing lows.